Trellis Café

Trellis, a café by Chef/Owner Lisa LaValle, opened in December 2013. We are proud to offer a plant-inspired menu that rotates each month. In doing a rotating menu, we can ensure that our guests have access to fresh, seasonal menu items that are sourced locally.

Café Hours

Wednesday – Sunday

11am – 2pm

July Trellis Menu

Reservations can be made for groups of 6 or more by contacting the direct phone number at 515.323.6288.

With its Terrace now open, the Skyline, Pond and Riverfront Garden views are a unique experience, and are just a short stroll up the Riverwalk. Trellis Cafe and Terrace can be rented for your next dinner, cooking class or cocktail party by reserving the space with the Botanical Garden event staff. For events, please call Trellis Catering at 515.330.1517 or email for a delicious made-from-scratch menu created just for you. More information at

Trellis Catering is now River Center Events and Catering!

Same fabulous team and location executing our off-site catering services – New Name!

River Center Events & Catering’s off-site services can range from a simple lunch drop-off to an up-scale rural tent wedding and anything in between, servicing the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas.We are your local source for fresh, innovative and beautifully crafted custom events.

Focused on delivering locally sourced menus that help bring an event to life and give them that memorable feel, let River Center Events & Catering customize an evening for you. Whether it is a boxed lunch at the Botanical Gardens for a large group visit or a beautifully set wedding reception or private dinner, we can guarantee you a unique experience with fresh ingredients and creative ideas.

River Center Events & Catering offers delicious made-from-scratch selections that are seasonally garden fresh and purchased locally. We use sustainable, eco-friendly and green culinary techniques and products in order to preserve the natural systems that create our beautiful world.

Hosting your own private event?

River Center Events & Catering takes the time and care to craft your special event to perfection. Give us a call for a free consultation today.

Catering Inquiries:

Phone: 515-330-1517

Lisa LaValle

Lisa LaValle grew up in Pella, Iowa, the daughter of two college professors. During her own college years, Lisa worked in restaurants paving the way to her career as owner and chef at Trellis Cafe.

LaValle also operated the Des Moines Art Center Cafe for almost 20 years, maintaining her business while, at the same time, providing revenue to the museum.

She’s provided a workplace that has allowed her to nurture others and teach them, through their work, how to thrive, be independent, and find their place in the community.









Trellis Café is located in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50316